GlassBuild America Express Learning: Your Roadmap for Glass Railings

GlassBuild America is the epicenter for glass industry education. Don’t take my word for it; ask industry enthusiast and expert—and all around good guy—Max Perilstein. Manufacturers and glass professionals alike attend to see what’s new, to size each other up, reconnect with colleagues, and to learn. We learn about your needs, you learn about our offering, and whether  it adds value to your business. Together we strategize how to collaborate, leveraging each others' strengths to tackle projects per the spec and by the budget, ultimately increasing profitability. 

GlassBuild America takes the education element to the next level by offering Express Learning sessions. These brief, yet informative segments address the key business and product trends affecting your company.

I was honored to have Glass Magazine invite C.R. Laurence to give a presentation on glass railings in the Express Learning Theater. Glass railings present our industry with a problematic gray area in terms of code compliance and misinterpretations. We’re not taking it lightly, and are flying in two of our heavy hitters for the event. Chris Hanstad collaborated directly with the International Code Council to spearhead the first-and-only ICC-approved base shoe system for glass guardrails. Paul Daniels has 30 years of glass industry experience under his belt, and has helped (literally) write the book for GANA standards. Both are CSI, CDT certified, and will demystify code compliance. We will address the areas that put your projects, your reputation, your company, and the life and safety of people at risk.

The presentation will cover everything you need to know to enter and compete in the glass railings market:

  • Impact of 2015 IBC updates
  • Testing standards and load requirements
  • Dry glazing vs.  wet glazing
  • Laminated glass edge considerations
  • Cap rail requirements
  • Interlayer types and benefits/concerns
  • Role of the ICC and ICC-ES evaluation reports

Join us on day two of  GlassBuild America, Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m., in the Express Learning Theater. If you can’t make it to the show, follow @GlassMag on Twitter for a live stream. Join the conversation by tagging @CRLaurence and using hashtags #ExpressLearning and #GlassBuild. See you in Atlanta!

Andrew Haring is vice president of marketing for C.R. Laurence Co.-U.S. Aluminum. Contact him at

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